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October 6, 2003
Report and Photos by Charles “Sully” Sullivan
The Houston Rookie League (HRL) kicked
off its fourth season on October 6, 2002, in Katy, TX. 47 three-player
teams made it out for
The day started foggy and humid, but as
the early morning sun began to rise, the fog burned off as teams were checking
Four fields were used for this event; three pipes hyper-ball fields and a tires field. Each field was designed very well, with bunkers placed in great positions. Patches of grass popped up here and there on the mostly dirt fields.
At 8 o’clock a players meeting was held, going over the rules for the day, a modified NPPL 100 point system, changed from last year’s 50-point system. Boundaries were explained as some fields had bunkers pretty close to the tape line, which might catch players off guard.
After everyone was chronoed the first games of the prelims started off at 9 o’clock, with every team playing hard. Many parents and teams watched the fierce competition, as every team tried to max each game. Everyone loved to see the bunkering moves made in the flurry of paint being laid down by backers as players made their move to a key bunker or for the flag.
At the end of the 36 game prelims, each team playing 6 games, the points were totaled, giving everyone a break from the day’s heat and sun. A raffle prize drawing was held. Competitors were given tickets as part of their entry, and the tickets couldn’t be bought.
The results of the prelims were ready,
and the players eagerly awaited the announcement, wanting to know if they
made the cut.
The Youth finals saw PBZK taking first.
2nd, Team Will Calegari (Texas Revolution). 3rd, Mirage. 4th,
Wipeout. 5th, Guys on
The Rookie finals had F8 3 taking first.
New players are always welcome to HRL,
friendly players with a good attitude are the only requirements. It’s
an unlimited, tournament paint only event. There are five events
left in the season. Brazos Survival Games will host the next tournament
on November 3rd. The deadline for registrations is November 1st.
More information can be found at www.houstonrookieleague.com. Special
thanks to National Paintball Supply for their support, and Pepsi for showing
their support of paintball, and to Paintball Maxx, JT USA, Worr Games,
Odyssey, and Redz for helping sponsor the tourney.
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